Workshop Registration

Introduction to Independent Filmmaking: Class B

This lecture-based course gives participants an overview of all the stages involved in independent filmmaking for non-union productions and is a must for beginning directors and producers. Learn about the writing process, planning your workflow, prepping for your shoot, crewing up, the fundamentals of production, the importance of cinematography and quality sound recording, getting all your shots, how to approach editing and the many options for finishing and exhibiting your film. This workshop is a general overview for new filmmakers and a great starting point for your filmmaking education.

Class A, Class B and Class C are the same classes offered on different dates. This is a foundational course and is necessary as a prerequisite for many of our workshops.

For ONLINE WORKSHOPS, prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application at

You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. After this, the instructor will admit you into the call.

Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time so the instructor can admit you before the lesson begins.

This workshop is sponsored by DRCC. Learn more at:

part 1: Sat 27 February 2021, 10 am - 1 pm   
part 2: Sun 28 February 2021, 10 am - 1 pm   
(Registration deadline is Fri 26 February 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Sofia Bohdanowicz

Sofia Bohdanowicz is an award-winning filmmaker from Toronto, she is the founder of the production company MAISON DU BONHEUR. She has had retrospectives of her work screened at BAFICI, The Seattle Northwest Film Forum, Cinemateca de Bogotà, DocLisboa and Festival du nouveau cinéma. In 2017, the Toronto Film Critics Association awarded her the Jay Scott Prize and in 2018 she was nominated for the Rogers Prize for Best Canadian Film for her documentary Maison du bonheur. Her third feature film, MS Slavic 7, graced the cover of Cinema Scope (and the Argentinian newspaper Página/12), premiered at the Berlinale and was featured at the Harvard Film Archive. Bohdanowicz is an MFA graduate of York University’s Film Production program, an alumni of Berlinale Talents as well as the TIFF Talent Accelerator. She is currently in development on her fourth feature film titled A Portrait which won the Kodak and Silverway Award during FIDMarseille’s co-production lab.

Location: Online
Category: Introduction to Filmmaking
Maximum Capacity: 10
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember